Returning to the first rounds for the first time since 2017 has made Ports now with a jubilant derby over Glenavon followed by defeat against Coleraine, a point in Warrenpoint and Saturday’s 2-1 reversal against the Blues
Ports center-back, Buddy McNally, ended up disappointed with the overall score and how he was more prevented from a late equalizer than Linfield’s design However, McNally was quick to look beyond the short-term bottom line toward potential long-term gains.
“We just got on but we faced the best team in the country across the field,” said McNally. “We were aggressive in our press, and we made good use of the ball when we got it and created chances
“Doing well does not give you points but what this team should give you the belief in knowing we are good enough to play at this level
“I know what this league is about and what it’s going to throw at you but we have some younger players who don’t, and I hope today’s performance is one of the things players should believe in for the man we were special
“But it’s easy to prepare for matches against Linfield, good teams do it every week and now the bar group
« We can’t get too frustrated after losing, in the same way that we don’t beat a win. Matches will be intense and fast, so we have to be prepared
« We faced Linfield all over the field but we had previously played Coleraine at home and he was miles away from the field.
« We probably showed a lot of respect for Coleraine, in a match early in the season, so the status of » Welcome to this level « is roughly
« But we definitely managed to learn from it, coming out of a tough place like Warrenpoint with a point that you know you’re trying to win all of them but if that’s not possible you won’t lose
« Today you can see again how we were able to learn from the mistakes of the past in Coleraine, so this is very encouraging
« Although we need to tackle two goals today, we considered that it could be avoided, but we will come again. It’s that simple
« We had two chances at the end and one seems to have hit Chris Jones in defense, but he is the best goalkeeper and you buy your luck in this match
« But we kept going against a good opponent until the end and it was very easy to get a draw.
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